Probably best known as a sweet topping on your bowl of porridge, manuka honey is set to be the next big thing in beauty. So, what’s all the buzz about?
If you’ve suffered from a sore throat this winter you’ve probably reached for a pot of manuka honey. Known for its long list of healing properties, it’s been used to help fight infection, boost the immune system and improve digestive issues, but it’s the medicinal effects on skin that have brought it to the attention of the beauty industry. Unlike normal golden honey, manuka originates in New Zealand and is monofloral – meaning the bees that make it only interact with one species of flower. Packed full of vitamins and minerals, it’s both an antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory, which makes it an amazing natural alternative for fighting acne, rosacea, psoriasis and a whole host of other skin problems. Tackling the above issues can often leave skin dry, but manuka honey is amazingly hydrating. It absorbs moisture from the air and draws it into the skin, keeping it softer for longer, all the while stimulating cell repair, reducing inflammation and redness. You name it, manuka can do it. ‘High in antibacterial properties, manuka honey has been used for wound healing, digestion and tinctures,’ says Elizabeth Barbalich, founder of Antipodes. ‘It’s a powerful ingredient for skin formulations, as its antibacterial nature helps promote youthful, fresh and blemish-free skin.’